Facebook added to its lobbying roster in Washington, D.C., with the addition of Caitlin O’Neill, chief of staff for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), The Washington Post’s In the Loop blog reported.
On March 26, several people all over Facebook changed their profile photos to red and light-shaded equality signs in support of the Human Rights Campaign and same-sex marriage. While Facebook couldn’t track specifically the numbers of those who changed their profile pictures to this image, the site’s data science team tracked how many users changed their profile photos that day — an increase of 120 percent.
This week’s Supreme Court hearings on two cases related to same-sex marriage have taken over many a Facebook News Feed, and according to a post on the LGBTQ@Facebook page, “equality” was the top related term on the Facebook Talk Meter.
Facebook Page Admins Claim Selective Enforcement, Yet Continue To Post Content That Violates Terms Of Service
There are two sides to every story. Take, for example, the story of page administrators for Facebook page Barracuda Brigade for Our American Girl! 2012, a fan community for former Alaska Gov. and vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, who claimed in a story on Examiner.com Sunday that they were being unfairly punished by the social network, while posts that clearly violate Facebook’s terms of service were still appearing on the page at the time of this post Monday afternoon.
With the 2013 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship tournament set to tip off Tuesday, Michael Bailey of the Facebook Data Science Team filled out his brackets with information on Facebook likes in a note on the Sports on Facebook page.
People on Facebook love to post about Valentine’s Day — whether it’s talking about how amazing their significant other is, or lamenting the commercialization of Feb. 14. Facebook released an infographic Thursday through Facebook Stories, showing how people are engaging with the holiday on the social network.
Facebook is increasingly becoming a player in Washington, D.C., and not just because of social media’s influence on politics. MarketWatch reported Wednesday that Facebook spent $1.4 million on lobbying in the fiscal fourth quarter — a 314 percent increase from what it sent to politicians during the same time period in 2011.
Jodi Seth, communications director for Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), joined Facebook’s office in Washington, D.C. (pictured), as manager, public policy and communications, succeeding Andrew Noyes, who will relocate and join the communications team at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., Politico Playbook reported.
The men and women of the U.S. Congress may know government affairs, the economy, and public policy, but they might not be well-versed in Facebook. The social network is here to help, offering tips for the newest members of Congress looking to get started on Facebook. Even if you don’t hold office in Washington, D.C., there are some helpful hints.